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Table B.1.33. Average PISA science literacy scores of 15-year-old students, and cutpoint scores for bottom and top 10 percent of students in each jurisdiction, by jurisdiction: 2006

Jurisdiction Average score     Cutpoint score
s.e.   Bottom 10 percent s.e.   Top 10 percent s.e.  
    OECD average 500 0.5 375 0.9 622 0.7  
                     
OECD countries                  
  Australia 527 2.3 395 3.4 653 2.9
  Austria 511 3.9 378 6.2 633 3.6  
  Belgium 510 2.5 374 5.4 634 2.3  
  Canada 534 2.0 410 3.7   651 2.4
  Czech Republic 513 3.5 385 5.2 641 4.3
                     
  Denmark 496 3.1   373 4.8 615 3.7
  Finland 563 2.0 453 3.3 673 2.9
  France 495 3.4   359 5.5   623 4.0  
  Germany 516 3.8 381 7.0 642 3.2
  Greece 473 3.2 353 5.4   589 4.1
                     
  Hungary 504 2.7 388 4.2 617 3.1
  Iceland 491 1.6   364 3.1 614 2.9
  Ireland 508 3.2 385 4.4 630 3.7  
  Italy 475 2.0 351 2.8   598 2.6
  Japan 531 3.4 396 6.2 654 3.1
                     
  Korea, Republic of 522 3.4 403 5.7 635 4.7  
  Luxembourg 486 1.1   358 2.8   609 2.8
  Mexico 410 2.7 306 4.2 516 3.0
  Netherlands 525 2.7 395 5.4 646 3.4
  New Zealand 530 2.7 389 4.5 667 3.3
                     
  Norway 487 3.1   365 5.6 610 3.5
  Poland 498 2.3   381 2.9 615 3.3
  Portugal 474 3.0 357 4.8   588 2.9
  Slovak Republic 488 2.6   368 3.7 609 4.1
  Spain 488 2.6   370 3.7 604 3.0
                     
  Sweden 503 2.4 381 4.0 622 2.6  
  Switzerland 512 3.2 378 4.9 636 3.8  
  Turkey 424 3.8 325 3.2 540 9.7
  United Kingdom 515 2.3 376 4.3 652 2.9
  United States 489 4.2   349 5.9   628 4.3  
                     
Non-OECD jurisdictions                  
  Argentina 391 6.1 259 9.0 520 6.5
  Azerbaijan 382 2.8 316 2.4 456 6.4
  Brazil 390 2.8 281 3.2 510 5.6
  Bulgaria 434 6.1 300 7.1 577 8.2
  Chile 438 4.3 323 4.1 560 6.5
                     
  Chinese Taipei 532 3.6 402 5.0 651 2.7
  Colombia 388 3.4 280 4.5 496 4.6
  Croatia 493 2.4   383 3.8 604 3.2
  Estonia 531 2.5 422 3.8 640 3.3
  Hong Kong-China 542 2.5 418 6.1 655 3.5
                     
  Indonesia 393 5.7 307 3.5 488 11.8
  Israel 454 3.7 310 5.2 601 4.5  
  Jordan 422 2.8 309 4.0 537 4.5
  Kyrgyz Republic 322 2.9 220 3.8 428 5.0
  Latvia 490 3.0   380 4.2 597 3.5
                     
  Liechtenstein 522 4.1 393 12.8 643 9.4  
  Lithuania 488 2.8   370 3.2 604 4.2
  Macao-China 511 1.1 409 2.5 611 1.8
  Montenegro, Republic of 412 1.1 312 2.1 517 3.0
  Qatar 349 0.9 253 1.4 462 2.6
                     
  Romania 418 4.2 314 5.0 526 5.7
  Russian Federation 479 3.7   364 5.4   596 3.9
  Serbia, Republic of 436 3.0 327 4.0 545 3.8
  Slovenia 519 1.1 391 2.8 647 3.3
  Thailand 421 2.1 325 3.4 524 3.8
                     
  Tunisia 386 3.0 283 3.4 495 6.0
  Uruguay 428 2.7 306 4.9 550 3.6
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score (p <.05).
▼Score is lower than U.S. score (p <.05).
NOTE: The OECD average is the average of the national averages of the OECD member countries. Because PISA is principally an OECD study, the results for non-OECD jurisdictions are displayed separately from those of the OECD countries and are not included in the OECD average. Science literacy scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. A cutpoint score is the threshold score for an established level of performance. The cutpoint scores for students in the top 10 percent is the 90th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The cutpoint score for students in the bottom 10 percent is the 10th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The tests for significance take into account the standard error for the reported difference. Thus, a small difference between the United States and one jurisdiction may be significant while a large difference between the United States and another jurisdiction may not be significant.
SOURCE: Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2006. Provasnik, S., Gonzales, P., and Miller, D. (2009). U.S. Performance Across International Assessments of Student Achievement: Special Supplement to The Condition of Education 2009 (NCES 2009-083), table 9 and table S-9. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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